Graduate Diploma in Youth Mental Health

Area of Study Type of Course Level of Study
Health and Medical Award Graduate Diploma
Course Graduate Diploma in Youth Mental Health
Course Code GD-YOUTHMH
Course Abbreviation GRADDIPYMH
Partner Faculty Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health
The Centre for Youth Mental Health
Background The Graduate Diploma in Youth Mental Health has been developed by the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Youth Mental Health in collaboration with Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, to build the capacity of the youth mental health workforce both nationally and internationally.

The launch of this new course and content reflects contemporary developments in the field. This course is possibly the only graduate program in Australia that is dedicated entirely to youth mental health, and it meets a need in the market by offering mental health professionals structured learning and professional development opportunities specifically tailored to enhance their capacity to work gainfully with young people experiencing mental ill-health, across a breadth of community and clinical settings.
Course Description The Graduate Diploma in Youth Mental Health is a two year, part-time course, consisting of 8 x 12.5 point subjects.

The course is designed for health-care professionals working in a range of clinical and community contexts, and draws on contributions by world-leading experts in the field to provide students with the latest theory, research and evidence-based approaches in this specialised area of mental health.

The course is delivered wholly online and is offered as a nested program, allowing students to exit with a Graduate Certificate after 1 year of part-time study. Upon completing the Graduate Diploma, students who meet the minimum academic requirements (i.e., an average of 70% across the course) can also choose to progress to the Master of Youth Mental Health.
Delivery Mode The Graduate Diploma in Youth Mental Health is delivered entirely online.

Audio-visual and text based Distance Learning Packages via a web-enabled learning platform called LMS.

The online facilitator is available online and responds to emails, checks discussion postings and monitors progress on discussion threads. Appointments can be made for telephone discussions via email.
Who Should Apply Health professionals requiring structured learning and/or professional development specifically tailored to enhance their capacity to work gainfully with young people experiencing mental ill-health, across a breadth of community and clinical settings.

The learning content is of direct relevance to a wide range of health-care professionals, including psychiatrists, general practitioners, psychologists, nurses, occupational therapists, social workers and youth workers.
Subjects The Graduate Diploma in Youth Mental Health requires the completion of 8 x 12.5 point subjects:

Year 1

4 x 12.5 point subjects

Semester 1 Semester 2 Year 2

4 x 12.5 point subjects; three compulsory plus one elective:

Semester 1
  • PSYT90100 Mental Ill-Health in Young People 2 (Compulsory)
  • PSYT90101 Early Intervention in Mental Health (Compulsory)
Semester 2
  • PSYT90102 Psychosocial Interventions with Youth (Compulsory)
  • PSYT90103 Biological Interventions with Youth (Elective)
  • PSYT90104 Working with Marginalised Young People (Elective)
Assessment Each subject is formally assessed to meet the requirements of University accreditation. Assessment is designed to be practical and relevant to industry professionals.
Pathways to Further Study Graduates may progress to a range of other graduate coursework programs. Students that complete the Graduate Diploma in Youth Mental Health, and meet minimum academic requirements, may be eligible to gain 100 points credit if they decide to enrol in one of the following courses:

Master of Youth Mental Health
Additional Information This is a distance education course taught entirely online. Students must have access to computer facilities and the internet. Students are required to be familiar with the internet and will need to have basic computer and word processing skills. Specifically, students need to be able to write, edit and save an essay on the computer.

Login details are provided once you are enrolled into the course.

Prospective students should note that they may not be able to undertake this online course from their place of employment due to network configurations at many workplaces (e.g. firewall / proxy server configurations to control internet traffic).
Academic and Teaching Team The course is delivered as a partnership between the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences; Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health; and The Centre for Youth Mental Health

Academic Course Coordinator: Dr Paul Badcock
Entry Requirements 1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed either:
  • an undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline such as Health Science, Social Work, Psychology, Medicine, or related discipline; or
  • an undergraduate degree in any discipline or equivalent, and two years of documented relevant work experience; or
  • five years of documented relevant work experience, including clear evidence of career development, professional writing, and professional achievement or practice comparable to that expected of undergraduate degree holders in cognate disciplines, or
  • the Graduate Certificate in Youth Mental Health with at least an H2B (70%) weighted average or equivalent. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.
2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:
  • prior academic performance; and, if relevant
  • professional experience.
3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Selection and Admission Procedure.

4. Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for postgraduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 6.5 is required. Note:
  • Applicants who are currently enrolled, expecting to complete the Graduate Certificate in Youth Mental Health to qualify for entry, may request that an internal administrative admission process be implemented.
  • Students currently enrolled in the Master of Youth Mental Health who do not wish to proceed beyond the Graduate Diploma may request that an internal administrative process be implemented to withdraw from the higher level award in order to satisfy requirements for the award of the Graduate Diploma.
  • Students who do not achieve a weighted average mark of at least H2B (70%) in the first year of the Graduate Diploma of Youth Mental Health are not eligible to continue to the next year of the program, but are eligible to receive a Graduate Certificate in Youth Mental Health as an exit award if all relevant subjects have been passed.
Quotas may be applied.
Course Fees $18,080 (course total)
Fee Inclusions As enrolled students of the University of Melbourne, students have access to a range of facilities and amenities provided by the University of Melbourne.
FEE HELP Fee-Help is a loan from the Australian Government to cover tuition fees and is available to Australian Citizens only.
Key Dates Semester 1, 2018: 26th February - 27th May
Semester 2, 2018: 23rd July - 21st October

APPLICATIONS OPEN NOW FOR 2018 INTAKE
Related Courses and Subjects Graduate Certificate in Managing Early Psychosis
Graduate Certificate in Managing Youth Self-Harm and Suicide
Graduate Certificate in Youth Mental Health
Master of Youth Mental Health
Contact Us Program Coordinator: Alexis Beaumont
Phone: +61 (03) 9035 3480
Email: TL-youthmentalhealth@unimelb.edu.au